An artistic rendering of the brain

When an act of terrorism occurs, what is usually reported are the facts. And even in second-day stories, we often hear about the sociopolitical ramifications of the incident or the political posturing of the perpetrators, and hardly about the true motives of the actual agents. In our journey to understand the neural pathways of a terrorist’s mind — after a general walkthrough of the possible dogmas that can make a young brain susceptible to Takfiri recruiters – we face the question of motive. How can we design counter-terrorism strategies when we do not understand the why of a terrorist act?  Why? The general goals of a terror act is common knowledge; instilling fear in the enemy, retaliating a loss, or in general anything that can make a terrorist group –…


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